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  • the root is nun, meaning "eye", bringing the concept to "what you can read in the eyes". savoir-faire is less emotionally loaded, I think; nunchi is about feeling people out.

    June 5, 2009

  • A synonym of savoir-faire?

    June 4, 2009

  • a lot of the foreign teaching staff need to be whacked with the nunchi stick every day of their lives.

    though I have noticed Koreans themselves are by no means exempt from nunchi-free asshattery.

    June 4, 2009

  • From http://www.cracked.com/article_17251_10-coolest-foreign-words-english-language-needs.html


    The art of not becoming a Backpfeifengesicht.

    Speaking of which, why is it some people just seem to have no idea what's going on in a social situation? They tell six jokes in a row without noticing no one is laughing, they smoke in a house that has clearly never been smoked in, they managed to always bring up the one subject you're sensitive about ("Hey, you know what's funny? The Holocaust!")

    The Koreans would say they lack nunchi, the innate ability that lets you sense what would be the wrong thing to say in a situation (and presumably the ability to then not say it).

    June 4, 2009